Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones

Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones

Apple has admitted to slowing down older iPhones to prevent them from unexpectedly shutting down, amid questions about reduced performance. While it is possible to see the slowing down of devices as a way of prolonging their life, many iPhone owners will be asking why the company chose to wait so long to be honest about what it has been doing.

Apple on Wednesday had "acknowledged" that it was indeed throttling iPhone performance to preserve battery life.

Apple goes on to say that these updates are meant to address the issue of power demands but at the cost of performance, leading to a decrease in responsiveness.

Residents of Los Angeles, Stefan Bogdanovich, and Dakota Speas have been represented by Wilshire Law Firm and both of them filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Two separate class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, one by plaintiffs in IL and the other from California. The two are hoping to turn the case into a class action suit, allowing American who owns an iPhone from before 2017 to get in on the resolution.

Apple faces two class action lawsuits claiming that it deceived customers using an "immoral" tactic to slow down older phones.

Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones
Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones

"Apple's decision to purposefully. throttle down these devices", it says, "was undertaken to fraudulently induce consumers to purchase the latest" iPhone.

The legal documents relating to the case do not reveal how much money the plaintiffs are hoping to win, although it states they are looking for compensation and the replacement of their devices. Apple has argued that the Lithium-ion batteries in older iPhones lose their maximum capacity with time, thereby reducing the amount of power which can be supplied to the processor. The company said it was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are not safe from this and have been subject to similar treatment through the iOS update 11.2 as well. Apple will do so for $79 (you can do it yourself for less, but with more risk), but some have called on Apple to replace the batteries for free.

Earlier on Thursday, Apple had confirmed that it was indeed slowing down the older iPhones.

Apple has been criticised for failing to make users aware of the practice before this week.

A second lawsuit against Apple, as reported by Chicago Sun Times, has also come into the limelight.

Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April 2018
It will be the first time in almost 60 years that a leader other than Castro or his late older brother Fidel ruled the country. Elections have been delayed due to the extensive damage caused to the island by Hurricane Irma, state media reported .

Related Articles